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Comment Re:liar (Score 1) 540

Ya, I spotted it immediately. He was really brave when he was sure he wouldn't have to do it. Kind of like all the people who claim they'll leave the country over [insert socio-political atrocity]. If they ever followed through, it would really be a newsworthy event.

Comment Re: False premise (Score 1) 487

Let me field that answer. They'll use it, just like organizations kept using WinXP pre-SP3, until the new Director of IT came along and said "Are you fucking kidding me?! What incompetent idiot let you stay unpatched and critically open to everything that has come along in the last fucking decade?! Oh, the same one who thought it's a great idea to never upgrade hardware, despite your staff barely surviving on machines that crash daily, or catch fire like those two did last week."

Comment Three choices. (Score 1) 432

You have three choices.

  • 1) Quit. You won't have to put up with their shit, and you keep your sanity.
  • 2) Wait to get fired. That's their end goal. If you can't complain to your superiors and/or HR, you're going to get fired anyways.
  • 3) Be BOFH and fight back. Depending on how you try to do this, you'll end up fired, in jail, or both. It only goes well in fiction.

Comment Database Optimization Effort (Score 1) 218

A lot of what I had done for years (I moved to a new project last year) had to do with database queries and the next layer or two sitting on top of them. Periodically, it was my job to look at what queries were taking too long. While much of the time that involved in database optimization like adding indices, etc, sometimes there was truly horrible code sitting on top of the database. One of my favorites involved a list coming in, and the code created the first item on the list. Then it deleted everything associated with that list and created the first two items, etc, etc. Yuck.

Comment Re:You don't want to hear my call (Score 1) 164

Nope, you're absolutely right. Well, mostly right.

Over the last 10 years or so, I've had things on my phones that track me. Most of them also tracked what towers I connected to. I left the phones turned on accidentally a few times. Generally, in the air there weren't enough towers to attempt a conversation from. If it even connected to a tower, it would disconnect in less than a minute.

Here's a composite map of several trips in 2010. There were stops at Boston, New York, DC, Atlanta, and Tampa. I think there may have been another flight change in Charlotte.

Cell towers are tilted down slightly because that's where the customers are. That also works against making calls from aircraft. Sometimes that's built into the antenna, so you won't see it from the ground.

I was on one flight where the captain got on the intercom and asked everyone to double-check their phones, because he was getting noise on the radio. Mine was already off on that flight, so it wasn't me. :)

Comment Maybe if they worked together. (Score 2) 85

Maybe if Wikipedia folks worked together, there wouldn't be so many abandon articles. Many are quickly discouraged when factual corrections are removed or reverted, with the wrong information. Even heavily cited sources are removed because someone else thinks that they aren't relevant.

Abandon articles may not have been abandon if interested parties weren't discouraged from making changes.

I've known other publication authors who were unable to edit their own information. Some were as simple as a wrong age. Even familiar third parties couldn't get the correct information to stay, because it would be reverted, removed, or changed to different incorrect information. "No really, my birthday is ..." is considered a lie, but trust a blogger who says

"Baba Wawa (a.k.a. Barbara Walhters) was born in 1602"

I found one particular instance that was very ... well, stupid. Paraphrased, it said

"The formula used is a closely held secret, that no one knows. It is well known to be water."

That came after multiple edits saying it is just water. The "closely held secret" version quotes an unrelated organization who isn't in the area. The factual citation was from a local news organization. It's like quoting Pravda about a Wisconsin cheese festival, and saying that WISN is irrelevant because they actually had reporters there.

I've heard of other things, like specialized scientists correcting errors are themselves told that they are wrong, making it impossible to fix until someone else says it.

Rather than correcting information, or adding new information, people learn to just say "Don't trust the Wikipedia information, it's wrong, and they won't let anyone fix it." Sadly, they're right.

Wikipedia's abandonment problem won't get fixed, as long as people are discouraged from doing the work correctly.

Comment Re:Baby brain (Score 1) 280

I know there are studies on the changes in the brains of people doing third shift work, who I imagine don't sleep nearly as well as people who get to sleep during the night, since no matter what there are noises. But yes, I began to feel much more like my old self once my daughter was down to waking just once during the night; unfortunately, that was at about a year in, and she only started sleeping through the night more than half the time at at least 18 months. I remember how I freaked out one morning: I had finally gotten enough sleep in one go that I had a dream again, for the first time in months. (Since, after all, in late pregnancy I was waking up 2-3 times a night for the bathroom.)

Comment Re:Personal recollection (Score 3, Interesting) 280

My husband recently suggested I start making a list of computer games that look like they would be fun so I can play them in 10-15 years... ;) (I have a two year old with a new baby coming in February.) We're going to try to see our second movie at the theater since she was born on this coming Thursday; both Stars Wars movies, which seem like the kind that you just have to see on the big screen.

Rather than make a new comment elsewhere, particularly with all of the vitriol being spewed on this thread, I'll also add that pregnancy hormones really, really suck as someone with an engineer's brain. Imagine that you suddenly burst into tears for relatively minor things being wrong, or occasionally for NO REAL REASON. It's horrible.

Comment Re:Or people are just under/wrongly medicated. (Score 1) 432

Perhaps one of the issues now is that very nearly all depression seems to be treated as something that anti-depressants can take care of. I'm not sure what the ratio of people with "I have a chemical imbalance" depression is versus "my life sucks because, say, I lost my job or my spouse" depression, but talk therapy sounds like it's become a rare, rare creature.

Unfortunately, you also get regular doctors prescribing those anti-depressants, rather than mental health experts. Shortly before my divorce, I was definitely depressed, and my GP prescribed anti-depressants... which became completely unnecessary once he was out of my life. I mean, yes, I had moments of sadness, but with discussion with friends I pulled out of it.

Note: that is not a commentary that all depression just needs talking or sunshine and fresh air and that kind of thing. I fully believe some people have issues that are not due to their situation but to their brain chemistry. I just think we have become very bad at telling which is which. I would think supplementing the use of anti-depressants with talk therapy would be another good way to go, but we don't seem to be mainly doing this.

Comment Re:Yes. No. Maybe. (Score 2) 400

Here are the pages in question for those:
Bernie: http://www.politifact.com/trut...
Trump: http://www.politifact.com/virg...

I suspect one reason that they were more generous to Sanders is that his campaign was willing to point them to their source, and that he used a different term (albeit not the proper one) to indicate that he was using a number other than what is commonly meant by the unemployment rate.

As with any source your best bet is to read their research.

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